Archive for July 21st, 2021

21/07/2021

Meet the Young Champion Soaring to the Top of the Chess World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Andrea Mucino-Sanchez in New York*

Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family fled violence in Nigeria and ended up in a homeless shelter in New York, where he learned the game that changed their lives.Español

USA. Tanitoluwa Adewumi, a 10-year-old asylum seeker, is the U.S. newest and one of the youngest chess master.

Tanitoluwa (Tani) Adewumi and his family fled violence in Nigeria. They are now living as asylum seekers in the United States while Tani continues his chess career.  © UNHCR/Ashley Le

20 July 2021 (UNHCR)* — Tanitoluwa Adewumi and his family fled their native Nigeria in 2017, after jihadist group Boko Haram ordered his father, Kayode, to produce posters for their network at his print shop. Kayode refused and knew the family would be in danger if they stayed.

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21/07/2021

Child Labour and Child Slavery

International Labour Organization revealed that child labor had increased for the first time in two decades
International Labour Organization revealed that child labor had increased for the first time in two decades | Image from Wall Street International.

I am writing this opinion essay today in my quality as the Convenor of Nobel Laureates and Leaders for Children, supporting the Fair Share to End Child Labour campaign.

My friend and colleague Kailash Satyarthi (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2014) is an extraordinary man, very much in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi.

Upon completion of his university studies at age 20 and as he was readying himself to wed his childhood sweetheart Sumedha, rather than starting a career as an electric engineer, Kailash sat down with his soon-to-be wife, told her, I want to help free children from slavery.

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21/07/2021

South Africa Is Burning: The Legacy of Mandela Is Dead for a Nation of Thieves

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service*

 “Like Gandhi in India, Mandela Has Become a Mere Myth in South Africa”[1]

Both Gandhi and Mandela came out of South Africa to make a difference in the world.

It is indeed ironic that South Africa is “celebrating” Mandela Day[2], on 18th July, marking the birthday of the great international icon, amid serious civil unrest, resulting in the deaths of 72 South Africans.[3]

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21/07/2021

Children Deprived of Parental Care Due to COVID-19

Human Wrongs Watch

By UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore*

NEW YORK, 19 July 2021(UNICEF)* – “As the official COVID-19 death toll around the world passed 4 million earlier this month, UNICEF is increasingly concerned for children left without one or both parents.

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UNICEF/UNI394756/DejonghChildren working at a mine site in Burkina Faso

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21/07/2021

US Holds UNICEF Monopoly for 74 Years – in a World Body Where Money Talks

Human Wrongs Watch

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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 19 2021 (IPS)* – With Henrietta Fore’s decision last week to step down as UNICEF Executive Director, her successor is most likely to be another American since that post has been held– uninterruptedly — by US nationals for almost 74 years, an unprecedented all-time record for a high-ranking job in the UN system.

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UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore meets with students at the Roberto Suazo Córdoba School, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Credit: UNICEF/Bindra

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21/07/2021

Role of Amazon as Carbon Sink Declines: Nature Study

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The study was led by Lucia Gatti, Group Leader, Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research /Center of Earth System Science and a member of the steering committee for the Integrated Global Greenhouse Gas Information System spearheaded by WMO.

21/07/2021

Climate Change Could Spark Floods in World’s Largest Desert Lake

Human Wrongs Watch

20 July 2021 (UNEP)* — For years it appeared as though Lake Turkana, which sits in an arid part of northern Kenya, was drying up.

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UNEP/Duncan Moore / 19 Jul 2021

Its main river inflows had been muffled by dams and many feared water levels were poised to drop by two-thirds, causing the lake to cleave into two smaller bodies of water. It was, one report said, an African “Aral Sea disaster in the making” – where only 10 per cent remains of the original sea.

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